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3:10 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bill Easing State Marijuana Penalties Derailed

State Rep. Austin Badon's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession was derailed today.
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A New Orleans lawmaker's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession has been at least temporarily derailed by opposition from Louisiana sheriffs.

Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, pulled his bill from consideration Thursday in the House Criminal Justice Committee after testimony by the head of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association.

Association executive director Michael Ranatza said sheriffs fear the bill could lead to decriminalization of marijuana.

Badon says he was caught off-guard by Ranatza's testimony.

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Members Make It Possible
6:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

It's Jazz Fest Thursday At WWNO!

Pledge $365 (just a dollar a day!) and you'll not only be supporting great public radio, you'll also get a pair of tickets to Jazz Fest!
Credit Janet Wilson

Pick your weekend, pledge $365 today, and you'll get a pair of tickets to Jazz Fest!

Today only: pledge $365 to WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio (just a dollar a day!) and we will thank you with a pair of tickets to your favorite day of Jazz Fest. Be sure to look at the schedule before you call or pledge online because you will have to pick the first or second weekend to complete the pledge!

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Bring Your Own
10:43 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Down To The River'

The Triana Bridge at night in Seville, Spain.
Credit Wilomanso / Wikimedia commons

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Inside the Arts
6:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Inside The Arts: Musaica Inspired By Stars, Plus Debut Of Singing Divas Ingrid Lucia & Lena Prima

Musaica Chamber Ensemble

This week on Inside the Arts, Musaica Chamber Ensemble, headed by violist Bruce Owen, looks to the stars as it gears up for the world premiere of Lyra (based on the constellation).

And two singing divas, Ingrid Lucia and Lena Prima, stop by to talk about new music and their upcoming debut.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Reading Life With Joel Dinerstein And Mona Lisa Saloy

This week on The Reading Life: Tulane University's Joel Dinerstein, whose new book is American Cool, the companion volume to an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

Plus, we sit down with the always-exuberant Mona Lisa Saloy, whose new collection is Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems.

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NOLA Life Stories
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Communing Through Eternal Sound: Bach Around The Clock Celebrates 17 Years

Albinas Prizgintas, who started the Bach Around the Clock festival, began working at the Trinity Episcopal Church in 1988.
Credit Eric Laws

As part of a new collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, WWNO brings you NOLA Life Stories: an oral history project documenting the people, places and things that shape New Orleans. This week historian Mark Cave interviews Albinas and Manon Prizgintas, a married couple that produces Bach Around the Clock — an annual musical event held at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Affordable Care Act
5:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Last-Minute Surge Of Signups For Affordable Care Act In Louisiana

Louisiana health advocates reported a surge in interest in signing up for the Affordable Care Act before the deadline.
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Increased last-hour interest and problems with the healthcare.gov website slowed the process of signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act in Louisiana.

Website problems led staffers at the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation to start using the telephone to sign up applicants. That organization serves the Vietnamese community in New Orleans East.

That was also time-consuming, with calls lasting up to two hours.

Politics
8:20 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Reshaping A Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice

WYES

WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio and public television station WYES are collaborating on coverage of reforms to the Orleans Parish criminal justice system.

WYES Special Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh has completed the hour-long special "Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Criminal Justice". In this first story for WWNO based on her reporting, Kavanaugh includes the voices of lawmakers, judges and watchdogs.

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NolaVie
4:50 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Managing Menhaden: A New Plan For 'The Most Important Fish In The Sea'

A school of Menhaden fish.
Crabby Taxonomist flickr.com

They’re called bunker up north, and Pogies here in the South, and are sometimes referred to as “The Most Important Fish In the Sea”. These are the Menhaden.

Since it’s not a fish you eat, you’ve probably never heard of it. But the annual Menhaden Advisory Committee meeting was a big deal this year due to a new Menhaden management plan.

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Le Show
1:30 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Le Show For March 30, 2014

Harry Shearer

In this edition of Le Show, Harry brings News of the Warm, What the Frack?, Karzai Talk, Waterboarding USA, News of AFPac, the Apologies of the Week, and more.

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